UK Top 40 Ragga Metal band Skindred have inked a new worldwide record deal with Napalm Records
2014 has seen Skindred play to audiences across the world, with a string of high profile festival slots – including Download, Hurricane, Bestival and Polish Woodstock – along with sold-out tours at venues such as London’s Brixton Academy. The band has sold more than half a million records worldwide during their career to date. The band have also just been announced to play at next year’s Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park in Germany with Foo Fighters and Slipknot.
Celebrating the signing of Skindred, Napalm Records Vice President Thomas Caser said:
"Working with Skindred is a dream come true for me and all of us at Napalm Records. Skindred entered the Top 40 in the UK on their most recent album ‘Kill the Power’ and we believe we can build on this success not only in the UK but also in Germany, the US and the Rest of the World!”
Skindred's manager, Seven Webster from 7PM Management, added:
“We have been talking to Napalm Records for a long time and we all believe that Skindred now needs to be with a designated Rock label that understands the genre and the band and that shares our passion and belief in the band on every level and wants to work with us on further building and breaking the band globally and taking them to the next level in what we all see as the next part of a long campaign. We could not be happier with this deal!”
Skindred have also confirmed that Dan Sturgess after joining the bands live set up for the last few years as their DJ / sampler and backing singer has now joined the band properly as a full time member and will also be involved in the writing of the bands forthcoming album.
The band will be playing some UK shows this November / December to finish off an incredible year. They are also confirmed as main support on the Steel Panther tour in March 2015 at the following:
Fri 6th March Longsight, O2 Apollo
Sat 7th March Longsight, O2 Apollo
Mon 9th March Glasgow, O2 Academy
Tue 10th March Newcastle, O2 Academy
Thurs 12th March Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
Fri 13th March Leicester, O2 Academy
Sat 14th March London, SSE Arena Wembley
Tickets are available from all usual outlets.
Swedish Hard Rockers Nubian Rose expose details regarding their forthcoming album "Mental Revolution"
Sweden's female-fronted rockers Nubian Rose are set to release their new album
"Mental Revolution" on 24th November via Cargo Records.
The album was produced by Christer Åkerlund, engineered by Jakob Herrmann, mixed by Tobias Lindell (HEAT, Europe, Hardcore Superstar, Avatar, Mustasch), recorded at Top Floor Studios & Bohus Sound and mastered by Mats "Limpa" Lindfors (Crashdïet, Scorpions, Dan Reed, Treat) at Cutting Room.
Regarding the album, the production is more edgy and bigger in every way; drums and guitars are dominating together with great melodies. Christer and Sofia’s cooperation as a songwriting duo has deepened and matured. It’s obvious that the roots of Nubian Rose's music is coming from the same place as before, but with 'Mental Revolution' they have clearly been taking a big step forward.
NUBIAN ROSE are:
Sofia Lilja - Vocals
Christer Åkerlund - Lead Guitars
Henric Uhrbom - Bass
Tomas Weijnesjö - Drums
Torbjörn Weijnesjö - Rhythm Guitar
Joakim Ahlund - Keyboards
Mats Levén - Backing Vocals
Katarina kammarkör - Choir
“A textural, psychedelic, electronic take on folky pop” - Dummy
“‘Crescent Moon’ was a melancholic electro-pop moment” - Notion
“There's something uncanny, something otherworldly about the music Labyrinth Ear create.” – Clash
"Makers of melancholic electro-pop from opposite ends of the musical spectrum, brought together by mutual tastes" - i-D “The duo [is] darkening their mystical, undulate patterns' tones and taking a further step towards Purity Ring’s haunting magic.” - The 405
London electronic duo Labyrinth Ear have recently announced that their debut album 'The Orchid Room' will be released on 22nd September. They will also release a deluxe edition of the album in the UK on the same day with exclusive new tracks, including LA producer Kauf's euphoric remix of lead single 'Lorna'.
They have just revealed the new video for album highlight 'Marble Eyes', which teams mysteriously eerie, fairy-tale imagery with the band's hazy blend of electronic pop.
Check it out here
Pre-order it here.
Belgian singer and model Jamie-Lee Smit; best known for being the vocalist of Gothic Metal band Azylya, is preparing to unveil her debut solo album. Her album "Mon Amour Monique", which was written, composed and produced by Riccardo Daga, will be released via Wormholedeath / Titans Lab
The record will be released worldwide in cooperation with a very strong label that will be announced soon.
The track-list is as follow:
Bye Bye You
L'amour De Freddy
Comme Un Soldat
Sur La Piste Des Elephants
Histoire De Serpent
Waiting For My Ghost
"Mon Amour Monique" is developed through an emotional mix of Indie Rock and New Wave deeply rooted in dreamy landscapes and narrating an heartfelt concept massively enhanced by dramatic French lyrics.
Azylya have released a critically acclaimed album and performed at big festivals like Metal Female Voices Festival, PPM Festival, Damen Of Darkness Festival and many more.
Rational Youth (most famous for their best-selling 1982 album "Cold War Night Life") and Psyche ( fronted by Canadian Darrin Huss and now based in Germany have been releasing classic synthpop records for 30 years), have both teamed up to cover AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck' and release it on limited 7" vinyl through Artoffact Records.
Rational Youth recently reunited for shows in Canada, Sweden, and Norway, as well as an upcoming tour in Germany and Poland.
Psyche has released 11 studio albums and many other live, remix, and rarities collections on labels such as Artoffact, SPV, Metropolis, and New Rose.
The two artists have collaborated in the past, most recently touring together in Sweden, where they played "Thunderstruck" as part of their encore. The artists decided to record the cover, and it will be released on November 25th on three different 7" vinyl colors. The vinyl colors are even named to reflect the lyrics of the AC/DC hit: Shot-glass clear, Can I come again please? white, and Texas cheeseburger cheese orange.
The record comes in a 3mm spined-sleeve and is a design replica of the original 1990 Australian-issue sleeve for AC/DC's own Thunderstruck 7" (released on Albert Productions). More release details can be found here.
BAND INFO (Rational Youth)
HOME BASE: Canada
MEMBERS: Tracy Howe, Kevin Komoda, Gaenor Howe
GENRE: Synthpop, Electronic
BAND INFO (Psyche)
HOME BASE: Germany
MEMBERS: Darrin Huss, Stefan Rabura
GENRE: Synthpop, Electronic